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Dr Daniel Smith, MSc, PhD

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40436
Room number: E011

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Research Interests

My research examines the interaction between the motor system, specifically the oculomotor system, and cognitive processes such as attention, working memory and motivation. My goal is to understand how activity in the motor system helps resolve competition between different representations in the visual system. I also try to apply these findings to developing novel techniques for neurorehabilitation. I use a variety of techniques, including neuropsychological studies of people with brain injuries, lab-based studies with healthy participants, eye-tracking and neurostimulation (TMS / TDCS). I am also interested in motivation, in particular the effect of goals on persistence in athletes. You can follow my progress on twitter @AttentionLab.

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Neurorehabilitation of visual field defects
  • Visual attention
  • Oculomotor control
  • Goals and motivation in sport

Teaching Areas

  • Psychology into Schools

    (15 hours/year.)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

    (20 hours/year.)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (10 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Cole, G.G., Atkinson, M.A., D’Souza, A.D.C. & Smith, D.T. (2017). Spontaneous Perspective Taking in Humans? Vision 1(17): 2-15.
  • Knight, H.C., Smith, D.T., Knight, D.C. & Ellison, A. (2016). Altering attentional control settings causes persistent biases of visual attention. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 69(1): 129-149.
  • Cole, G.G., Atkinson, M., Le, A.T.D. & Smith, D.T. (2016). Do humans spontaneously take the perspective of others? Acta Psychologica 164: 165-168.
  • Smith, D.T., Ball, K., Swalwell, R. & Schenk, T. (2016). Object-based attentional facilitation and inhibition are neuropsychologically dissociated. Neuropsychologia 80: 9-16.
  • Smith, Daniel T. & Lane, Alison R. (2016). Working memory enhances target detection in the blind hemifield. Visual Cognition
  • Cole, G.G., Smith, D.T. & Atkinson, M.A. (2015). Mental state attribution and the gaze cueing effect. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 77(4): 1105-1115.
  • Dunne, S., Ellison, A. & Smith, D.T. (2015). Rewards modulate saccade latency but not exogenous spatial attention. Frontiers in Psychology 6: 1080.
  • Smith, D.T., Ball, K. & Ellison, A. (2014). Covert visual search within and beyond the effective oculomotor range. Vision Research 95: 11-17.
  • Aimola, Lina, Lane, Alison R., Smith, Daniel T., Kerkhoff, Georg, Ford, Gary A. & Schenk, Thomas (2014). Efficacy and feasibility of home-based training for individuals with homonymous visual field defects. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 28(3): 207-218.
  • Ellison, A., Ball, K.L., Moseley, P., Dowsett, J., Smith, D.T., Weis, S. & Lane, A.R. (2014). Functional Interaction between Right Parietal and Bilateral Frontal Cortices during Visual Search Tasks Revealed Using Functional Magnetic Imaging and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93767.
  • Pearson, D.G., Ball, K. & Smith, D.T. (2014). Oculomotor preparation as a rehearsal mechanism in spatial working memory. Cognition 132(3): 416-428.
  • Morgan, E.J., Ball, K. & Smith, D.T. (2014). The role of the oculomotor system in covert social attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 76(5): 1265-1270.
  • Lane, A.R., Ball, K., Smith, D.T. , Schenk, T & Ellison, A. (2013). Near and far space: understanding the neural mechanisms of spatial attention. Human Brain Mapping 34(2): 356-366.
  • Ball, K, Pearson, D G & Smith, D T (2013). Oculomotor involvement in spatial working memory is task-specific. Cognition 129(2): 439-446.
  • Smith, DT, Ball, K & Ellison, A (2012). Inhibition of Return impairs phosphene detection. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24(11): 2262-2267.
  • Smith, D.T., Schenk, T. & Rorden, C. (2012). Saccade preparation is required for exogenous attention but not endogenous attention or IOR. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance 38(6): 1438-1447.
  • Lane, A.R., Smith, D.T., Schenk, T. & Ellison, A. (2012). The involvement of posterior parietal cortex and frontal eye fields in spatially primed visual search. Brain Stimulation 5(1): 11-17.
  • Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. (2012). The Premotor theory of attention: Time to move on? Neuropsychologia 50(6): 1104-1114.
  • Aimola, L, Rogers, G., Kerkoff, G., Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. (2012). Visuomotor adaptation is impaired in patients with unilateral neglect. Neuropsychologia 50(6): 1158-1163.
  • Lane, A.R., Smith, D.T., Schenk, T. & Ellison, A. (2011). The involvement of posterior parietal cortex in feature and conjunction visuomotor search. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23(8): 1964-1972.
  • Ball, K., Smith, D., Ellison, A. & Schenk, T. (2010). A body-centred frame of reference drives spatial priming in visual search. Experimental Brain Research 204(4): 585-594.
  • Smith, D.T., Ball, K., Ellison, A. & Schenk, T. (2010). Deficits of reflexive attention induced by abduction of the eye. Neuropsychologia 48(5): 1269-1276.
  • Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. (2010). Inhibition of return exaggerates change blindness. Quarterly Journal Of Experimental Psychology 63(11): 2231-2238.
  • Lane, A. R. , Smith, D. T., Ellison, A. & Schenk, T. (2010). Visual exploration training is no better than attention training for treating hemianopia. Brain 133(6): 1717-1728.
  • Smith, D.T., Jackson, S.R. & Rorden, C. (2009). An intact eye-movement system is not required to generate Inhibition of Return. Journal of Neuropsychology 3(2): 267-271.
  • Ball, K., Smith, D., Ellison, A. & Schenk, T (2009). Both egocentric and allocentric cues support spatial priming in visual search. Neuropsychologia 47(6): 1585-1591.
  • Rogers, G, Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T (2009). Immediate and delayed actions share a common visuomotor transformation mechanism: A prism adaptation study. Neuropsychologia 47(6): 1546-1552.
  • Smith, D.T., Jackson, S.R. & Rorden, C. (2009). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over frontal eye fields disrupts visually cued auditory attention. Brain Stimulation 2(2): 81-87.
  • Carey, D.P, Smith, D.T., Martin, D., Smith, G., Skriver, J., Rutland, A. & Shepherd, J.W. (2009). The bi-pedal ape: Plasticity and asymmetry in footedness. Cortex 45(5): 650-661.
  • Smith, D.T., Lane, A.R. & Schenk, T. (2008). Arm position does not attenuate visual loss in patients with homonymous field deficits. Neuropsychologia 46(9): 2320-2325.
  • Lane, A.R., Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. (2008). Clinical treatment options for patients with homonymous visual field defects. Clinical Opthalmology 2(1): 93-102.
  • Smith D.T. & Schenk, T. (2008). Reflexive attention attenuates change blindness (but only briefly). Perception & Psychophysics 70(3): 489-495.
  • Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. (2007). Enhanced probe discrimination at the location of a colour singleton. Experimental Brain Research 181(2): 367-375.
  • Jackson, S. R., Newport, R., Osborne, F., Wakely, R., Smith, D. & Walsh, V. (2005). Saccade-contingent spatial and temporal errors are absent for saccadic head movements. Cortex 41(2): 205-212.
  • Smith, D. T., Jackson, S. R. & Rorden, C. (2005). Transcranial magnetic stimulation of the left human frontal eye fields eliminates the cost of invalid endogenous cues. Neuropsychologia 43(9): 1288-1296.
  • Smith, D. T., Rorden, C. & Jackson, S. R. (2004). Exogenous orienting of attention depends upon the ability to execute eye movements. Current Biology 14(9): 792-795.
  • Carey, D.P., Smith, G, Smith, D.T., Shepherd, JW, Skriver, J, Ord, L & Rutland, A (2001). Footedness in world soccer: an analysis of France '98. Journal Of Sports Sciences 19(11): 855-864.

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